by Jacklin Bolduan
Ignite Madison recently held its seventh event, Social Good, in collaboration with Madison Nonprofit Day. Ignite events occur in over 100 cities worldwide and consist of a selection of 5 minute talks on a variety of topics presented by speakers looking to ignite and inspire. Ignite’s Social Good event focused on 10 community members who gave presentations on their contributions to social good in Madison.
Madison Nonprofit Day seeks to highlight and support nonprofits in Madison that foster social and economic growth in Madison. They work to bring nonprofits together and provide a space for collaboration.
Billed as a night of celebration, the over 200 guests were also treated to drinks, dancing, and a raffle at the High Noon Saloon.
This event’s speakers included Sam Yackel with Fire Fighters Local 311; Breanna Illéné, a pastor at Trinity UMC; Jeff Burkhart, Executive Director of Literacy Network of Dane County; Jen Anderson, Director of Operations for Capitol View Events; Andy Wallman, President of KW2 ad agency; Jahlieh Henderson, Project Unify Coordinator and Head Forensics Coach at Columbus High School; Will Green, Founder of Mentoring Positives, Inc.; Garrett Lee, founder of WHYWe Help You; Kathy Johnson, citizen member of the Madison Physical Disabilities Commission; and Maurice Cheeks, who serves on the Madison Common Council and is Director of the Wisconsin Innovation Network.
Speakers highlighted how their own life experiences led them to their work in nonprofits and discussed the connections they’ve been able to make with one another in Madison.
All proceeds from the event went to Madison Nonprofit Day.